The second day of Texas Rangers Spring Training was busy, but not because of action on the field. Let’s start with the pitchers who didn’t get to participate in live batting practice today.
Tanner Scheppers, who is one of three “auditioning” for the closer role, missed practice today due to back spasms as reported by Anthony Andro via twitter this morning and is expected to be throwing within the next few days.
Matt Harrison hinted at a sore/stiff neck and according to Anthony Andro that was enough for him to be scratched for today.
Rangers Tanner Scheppers scratched Tuesday with back spasms.
— Anthony Andro (@aandro) February 18, 2014
Keeping with the injury theme, Jurickson Profar is still suffering from a sore shoulder due to tendinitis that he was having trouble with before the start of Spring Training. Jon Daniels says that Texas Rangers fans can expect him back around the 2nd or 3rd week in March because, well, we need him.
With all that is riding on ALL the Texas Rangers being healthy not only on Opening Day, but remain healthy throughout the season, I can certainly understand why JD and the coaches are being extra cautious right now. Tommy Hanson threw during live BP after Yu Darvish and looked good. Richard Durrett caught it live: Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington and Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost spoke at the Mayor’s Welcome Back Lunch to kick off the 2014 Spring Training season.
Richard Durrett caught Alexi Ogando and Jose Contreras having a bunt contest. Not sure I feel comfortable with this. Finally, we’ve come to Yu Darvish. He threw 19 pitches in the bullpen and off the mound. His hip and back really don’t appear to be an issue right now, which is great news.
However, Yu Darvish rocked the baseball community today when he cracked a joke about how much the New York Yankees paid Masahiro Tanaka, Darvish thinks they
gave [Tanaka] a little bit too much.” (Star-Telegram, Drew Davison)
Then, Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers tweeted that it was a joke and Darvish thought everyone knew that, which we did.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) February 18, 2014
Apparently, Darvish can’t make jokes, well, at least not about the Yankees and Tanaka. RELAX. ITS BASEBALL. It is nice to see Yu Darvish make a joke and smile.
Like I said, busy day. I can’t wait for Wednesday!